Jitsu is a Kanji that is used as "honesty" or "truth" -- such as "jitsu-wa" ("to tell the truth"). Jutsu is the Kanji used for "use of technique" or "means" or "method."
The Hirigana for "ju" kanji is written "Ji-Yu" and pronounced "Ju" and means "gentle" or "supple."
Thus JuJutsu means the Gentle Method while JuJitsu means the True Technique or Method of Light.
When one consides what "do" means (way, Tao), a Jitsu is a very appropriate alternative to a Do when the skills taught and used are part of a way rather than "just" applications. Consider the Dojo Kun: To be faithful in seeking the truth (or To be faithful in seeking a true way). Jitsu describes such an art very well.
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